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the county site for such counties, as early as may be deemed expedient.

On motion of Mr. Bartow,

Resolved, That the committee on the Library be instructed to enquire into the propriety of altering the present mode of establishing libraries, and that they report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of revising the several acts relating to the exemption of certain property from execution ; and also of the propriety of uniting the different laws on the subject in one act.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That a committee of three persons be appointed to communicate with the Judges of the Supreme Court of the Territory, and ascertain from them what alterations, in their opinions, are necessary in our judiciary system to insure the necessary and speedy administration of justice in the several counties of this Territory, and report the same for the consideration of the Council.

On motion of Mr. Bartow,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the propriety of fixing.on some measures for the accommodation of holding coroners' inquests in certain cases, and that they report thereon.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the act concerning mortgages.

On motion of Mr. Stockton,

The Council went into the consideration of Executive business, and having disposed of the same, Adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, January 12, 1831. The President presented a communication from the Auditor of the Territory, in compliance with the resolution of the 6th inst. calling for a statement of the amount of the Territorial taxes assessed for the year 1830, which was read and referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.

Mr. Bartow, presented a petition of Asel Buck, praying for a divorce. Referred without reading to the Judiciary committee.

The bill to adjourn the January term of the county court of the county of Wayne in the year 1831," was read the third time.

Mr. Drake moved that the bill pass.

The question being taken, it was decided, that the bill do now pass, and that the title thereof be “ An act to adjourn the January term of the county court for the county of Wayne in the year 1831."

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That a committee of three members be appointed, to inquire into the porpriety of making application to Congress, for an appropriation of land in this Territory, in such manner and under such restrictions as may be thought most expedient for the purpose of encouraging the culture of silk and the mulberry tree.

Messrs. Kingsley, Schoolcraft and Lawrence, were appointed that committee.

On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the act authorising the licensing of victualling houses, as relates to the counties of Michilimackinac and Chippewa.

On motion of Mr. M'Donell,

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the law now in force concerning estrays.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved. That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of declaring by law, what civil officers shall be authorised to administer oaths.

Mr. Kingsley submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on the Library be instruct ed to inquire into the expediency of taking an additional number of periodical publications, to be lodged in the Library; and also, that said committee have authority to order such additional publications as shall by them be thought necessary.

On motion of Mr. Stockton,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire what amendments are necessary to the several acts for the admission of attornies and counsellors at law.

The Council adjourned.

their papers:

THURSDAY, January 13, 1831. Mr. Lawrence from the Judiciary committee, to whom was referred the petition of E. and S. Stone, praying a divorce, reported that the committee for certain reasons, declined acting on the petition in its present form. The report being accepted, On motion of Mr. Lawrence, Ordered, That the petitioners have leave to withdraw

The President presented the petition and accompanying papers of Ebenezer Stone, praying a divorce. Referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

The resolution offered on the eleventh instant, by Mr. Lawrence, relative to fixing by law, the pay of officers of the Council was taken

up,

and On motion of Mr. Lawrence it was concurred in.

The resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Kingsley, relative to the purchase of periodicals for the use of the Library, being taken up and read,

On motion of Mr. Kingsley, it was concurred in.
On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That the committee on Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for the disbursement of a portion of the monies to be collected for Territorial taxes, in the repairing and preserving the roads constructed by the government of the United States, within this Territory.

On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire whether any legal provision exists on the subject of the sale or gift of ardent spirits to the Indian tribes within this Territory, and if no such provision exists, whether it is not expedient to render it the subject of legislative enactment.

A message was received from the Governor, by the hands of Mr. Rowland, on Executive business.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of prohibiting the prosecution of persons having families out of the township where such persons may reside, in all civil prosecutions where the action is to be commenced by summons.

On motion of Mr. Stockton,
Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be in-

structed to inquire into the expediency of abolishing imprisonment for debt.

The President presented a communication from the Auditor of the Territory, in continuation of the report made by him yesterday, which was read, and with the accompanying papers, referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, that the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing and making such further additions to the Territorial building, called the jail, as will render it a suitable penitentiary for the Territory.

On motion of Mr. M'Donell,

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending Jefferson-Avenue, by law, on the most eligible ground, to the Hudson farm, on Grosse Point, and from thence to Mount Clemens, in the county of Macomb.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley, the Council went into the consideration of Executive business, and having disposed of

the same,

Adjourned.

Friday, January 14, 1831. Mr. M'Donell presented an account of A. Salisbury, for attendance as a witness in the case of the United States against Levi Willard, &c. Referred to the committee on Claims.

Mr. Durocher presented the memorial of the eleventh regiment of the third brigade, Michigan militia, stating certain grievances, and asking a modification of the law, for their removal.

On motion of Mr. Durocher,

Ordered, That the memorial be referred to a select committee of three members.

Messrs. Durocher, Le Roy, and Fletcher, were appointed that committee.

Mr. Schoolcraft moved to suspend the operation of Rule 27.

The motion prevailing,

Mr. Kingsley moved the Council to reconsider the vote taken on the passage of the bill to adjourn the January term of the county court for the county of Wayne, in the

year 1831."

The motion prevailing, and the bill being again before the Council.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Ordered, That the bill be committed to the committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. M'Donell,

Resolved, That the Committee on claims be instructed to inquire what damages, if any, have been assessed in the township of Hamtramck, in consequence of Jefferson-Avenue having been extended, by law to the place commonly called the Church Farm, and to report the amount of such damages, with the different items thereof to the Council.

A message was received from the Governor, on Executive business, by the hands of Mr. Rowland.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That a special committee of three members be appointed and instructed to inquire whether any unfinished business remains before the Council, in its Executive capacity, or not, and report the result of the enquiry to the Council.

The resolution submitted on the 6th inst. by Mr. M'Donell, on the subject of opening a free communication, by means of lottery, from Detroit to the village of Monroe, was taken up, and being read, was concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of embodying into a complete act, the acts in force relative to the assessment and collection of Territorial taxes, and the distribution of such law in the several counties.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley, the Council went into the consideration of executive business, and having disposed of the same,

On motion of Mr. Drake,
The Council took a recess until 2 o'clock, P. M.

2 o'clock P. M. Mr. Fletcher from the Judiciary committee, towhom had been recommitted the bill to adjourn the County Court for the county of Wayne in the year 1831, reported as a substitute,

A bill to postpone a term of the County Court for the county of Wayne, which being read,

The question on receiving the substitute, being taken, it was decided in the affirmative.

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